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Patt Rall Arts Column for April 7: Midori to perform in Bemidji Concert Series finale

Violinist Midori with pianist Robert McDonald will perform in the final concert of this year's Bemidji Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Bemidji High School auditorium (a preview article with photo appeared in the Pioneer this week).

Tickets are $5 for students through college age, $20 for adults and $30 for reserved seating and are available at Lueken's Village Foods North, Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji and the Bemidji State University Music Department on the second floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of performance.

Common Ground

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, is a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage that airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are about George and Marie Kueber, who will share the history of the Two Inlets Saw Mill; Judith Selby, a watercolor artist from Bemidji who will demonstrate a technique that makes her paintings glow; and Tom Larson, a wood turner from Brainerd who will turn a bowl and show his vast collection of art. The shows are rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Sundays. Those interested in being featured on the show should contact Ashley Hull, legacy production manager, at 333-3022 or Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

'Aladdin, Jr.'

Disney's "Aladdin, Jr." a collaboration of Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. For more information about the play see the Bemidji Arts News blog (at Bemidji Pioneer. The public performances will begin Friday night, April 9, at 7:30 p.m., with two performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, and the last public performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students 17 and younger and may be purchased at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and at Ken K. Thompson at the Paul Bunyan Mall location. If available, tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before each show time. The Chief Theater is located at 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Rock performance

The acoustic rock group "13, When 6 Meets 7" will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third Street.

Dinner theater

Kelliher Community Theater, in cooperation with the Kelliher School, will present "Uncle Phil's Diner #2" at 5:48 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at the Old School Center in Kelliher. This interactive dinner theater production of "Uncle Phil's Diner #2" (where the food is fresh and so is the help) will treat the audience members to a fun night of food, music and fun from the Fabulous 50s. In an attempt to boost business, Uncle Phil has hired the Rock and Roll band The DeSotos to play at the diner. Now, if only they knew how to get there! Trust the staff at the diner to make things interesting while everyone waits for the band. The meal will be catered by Pam's Kitchen, featuring beef stew, coleslaw, dinner rolls, pumpkin bars, coffee and milk. Advance tickets can be reserved by calling Linda or Mary at 218-647-8286.

Spring tour closes

The Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers will close the 2010 spring tour with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Bethel Lutheran Church, located at 5232 Irvine Ave. N.W. The program and singers, under the direction of Bradley Logan, professor of music at BSU, will include a broad selection of music including Jeff Enns' "O Magnum Mysterium" and Paul Carey's trio, "Play With Your Food."

Antique fundraiser

The Antique, Art and Craft Fair, a two-day fundraising event for the Beltrami County Historical Society with antique dealers, artists and crafters, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji. The two-day fair will feature refreshments and vendors, as well as the Eggers' Antique Appraisals both days from 2-4 p.m. General admission is $3. Admission is $15 for vendors., For details, call 444-3376.

Concert canceled

The Bemidji Baroque Ensemble concert is cancelled. For more information see Bemidji ArtsNews blog at The blog can also be reached through the Pioneer Web site at by clicking on "Our Voices."

Faculty recital

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will hold a faculty recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. in downtown Bemidji. An afternoon of music and art with the faculty of HSMA will feature solos, duets and ensembles. Donations will be accepted for both the school's Seeds to Sustainability and the Student Scholarship programs.

Matt Custer recital

Matt Custer will perform his senior recital for the trombone at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 11, at Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at Bemidji State University. This concert is free and open to the public.

'Empty Chairs'

A Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning program, "Empty Chairs" by Annelee Woodstrom, will be presented at 9:30 a.m. April 14 at Cornerstone Assisted Living in Bagley. For more information about the author and her story, see the Bemidji ArtsNews blog.

Trombone concert

"Trombones of Bemidji," a free concert, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU. Selected soloists and a 12-part trombone ensemble featuring Matt Custer, Ben Fleming, Jeff Johnson, Alyssa Konecne, Paul Mork, Tom Patnaude, Hyram Price, Steven Radley, Glenn Seibel, Melissa Stover, Nancy Sydow and Les Torgerson will be under the direction of Tom Swanson. The program is sponsored by the BSU Music Department.

Memoir class

Angela Foster will present a three-hour workshop, "Memoir: A Crash Course" or "Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story," from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 17, at the Bemidji Public Library. Reservations are required; call 751-3963.

Fiction contest

Northwoods Woman Magazine has issued a call for authors for its 2010 fiction contest. The winner will receive $200 prize and publication in the July-August magazine. The work must be an original, previously unpublished, short story of no more than 1,500 words. The contest is open to all legal Minnesota residents. The submission deadline is April 15.

E-mail entries to and include name, mailing address, phone number and email address on the first page. For more details, see the current copy of the magazine or visit the Web site

Friend of the Arts

The 22nd annual Friend of the Arts Award committee is seeking names for this year's nominations of an individual or a couple who have given generously of time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area. If you know someone who should be honored by the Bemidji Community Arts Center and the community of Bemidji, please contact the BCAC for more information. Applications are also available at and must be submitted no later than April 14 to BCAC at 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji MN 56601. This award is sponsored in part by First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone and Dunn Bros. Coffee.

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop, "Images and Dreams: Archetypal Messages for Writers," with Carol-Ann Russell, will be presented from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 and April 24. The two-day workshop is open to writers of poetry, story, journal and memoir and is based on the idea that the subconscious/self is the real source of all creative expression. The workshop will introduce a process to help the subconscious articulate the archetypes contained within it. The class is $40 per session or $75 for both afternoons. Call 444-5606 for more information.

Watercolor collage

A watercolor collage workshop taught by Terry Honstead will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The fee is $45. To register, call 444-5606. Registrations will be accepted until April 14.

Artists on display

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts at 315 Irvine Ave. NW. welcomes green artist Jane Marks-Hastig as its featured artist of the month, showcasing fun and functional art using reclaimed glass and up-cycled items. In honor of Earth Day, Bad Cat has dedicated the entire month of April to all "green" artists and is offering discounts to all shoppers who bring in reusable shopping bags. This venue is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 different artists.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Birds of a Feather." The Beltrami County History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Bemidji Community Art Center welcomes the 10th annual High School Invitational with work in a variety of mediums from Bemidji High School, the Lumberjack School, Trek-North and Cass Lake-Bena High School students. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Admission is free.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for the month of April the multi-disciplined artwork of Marion Caroline's "Bemidji Ecliptic." The works also includes paintings on feathers. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. in downtown Bemidji, invites the public to view the work of Jake Anderson and his exhibit of powerful images using a technique called spray paint art. The pub opens Monday through Saturday at noon.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes Danielle Blanchfield, Beth Schenck and Jacob Baggenstoss and their eclectic collection of work in photography, drawing and painting. Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third St. N.W., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes Jess Watnemo Storey and her exhibit, "Vision Escapes," a collection of paintings and photographs inspired by her fascination with nature and cycles of life. Also on display and for sale is pottery by Josh Boock. The shop is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

- Gallery North welcomes "Budding Artists," a display of children's artwork from area daycare centers participating in the Art in Childcare Grant. The gallery is located at 502 Third St. N.W. The new Web site is located at

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N., is hosting former Bemidjian and fabric artist Pat Black for the month of April. Viewing hours are 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. For more information, call 751-9654.

- The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective's new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery is "Mother Art." The exhibit features female artists from the region and is a part of the Women's History Month Celebration. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are hosting photographer Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life," a which spans 94 years of living and challenges us to view perspectives of life through all of our senses. The exhibit will be up through June for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community. Her work is for sale and a price list is at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display new works of ceramicist Cyrus Swann, "Magic and Medicine." The Bistro is open from Monday through Saturday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- The Blackduck History Center's show is "Blackduck: Remember When," a collection of photographs of the city and residents from the 1900s. Part of the collection was discovered in Ely, Nevada. Stop by the exhibit and try to identify some of the people in the photos. The display will be up until mid-April in the newly remodeled History and Art Center, which is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week.

- Tutto Bene 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed Sundays.

- Visit the Tourist Information Center at 300 Bemidji Ave. N. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- April 16 17 23, 24, 25 -- "Man of La Mancha," spring show of the BSU Theater Department, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

- April 16 -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eric Berving in concert, Cabin Coffeehouse and Café.

- April 17 -- 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert with the Whistlepegs, Paul Bunyan Playhouse. For tickets, 800-635-3037 or

- April 18 -- 3 p.m. Jazz Band Concert, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU.

- April 18 - 7 p.m. "Prairie Songs" with Erin Oberlander, Jenny Poehls and Grant Larson, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU. Free to the public.

- April 21 -- 9:30 a.m., NELL, "Why We Like Music" by Fulton Gallagher, Good Shepherd Church, Clearbrook.

- April 21 -- 7:30 p.m. Varsity Singers Spring Concert, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU. Admission is canned goods for Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

- April 22 -- 7:30 p.m. Choral Chamber Ensembles, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU.

- April 23 -- 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Blue Bird in concert, Cabin Coffee House and Cafe.

- April 25 -- 7:30 p.m. Composition Recital, Jake Kaehne, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU.

- April 25 -- 3 p.m. Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji High School.

- April 27 -- 7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Bemidji Choir Concert, Main Theater, Bangsberg Recital Hall, BSU.

- April 28 -- 7:30 p.m. Symphonic Band and Instrumental Chamber Groups, Main Theater, Bangsberg Recital Hall, BSU.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts open stage every Thursday at 9 p.m. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad performs every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to